Scotstoun Stadium Rear
The Irish were at home this week against Red Star in a game they were expected to win under normal circumstances. What transpired on the day fell way below the standards previous performances had set.
The game started at a very slow pace with both teams lacking composure in the final third. Danny Singh having the only shot of the first half from distance for the Irish. A lack of passion and drive was clear to see and it came as no surprise when Red Star went one up.
A free kick from distance crashed off the GIFC crossbar and the Baagrade forward had an easy time of burying the rebound as the GIFC defence stood still. 0-1.
A goal conceded which only served to highlight the poor form the Irish have been suffering of late.
The interval seen some harsh words exchanged between the Irish management and players. To their credit the team lifted the tempo in the second half and drew level on 49 mins when captain Martin Rice stepped up to send a wicked free kick beyond the Red Star keeper. Goal number 18 for the big striker this season. 1-1.
This spurred the Irish into life with Munro and Singh coming to life in the middle of the park.
Irish then went ahead when left back Dan McManus charged up the wing beating 3 men to see his shot deflected into the path of midfielder Ross Marshall who sent a low finish home for a well deserved goal. Marshall getting his rewards for a very hard working performance. 2-1.
The Irish then lost Martin Rice after an awkward fall seen the forward suffer ankle ligament damage. Kieran Nicol replaced him and joined Mark Paterson up top.
Defensive frailties were then exposed again when a nothing ball into the box caught the Irish cold and a Red Star midfielder looped a header over keeper Griffin. A truly shocking goal to lose at any level. 2-2.
Styles Owens, Jack Gordon and Tony Deveney replaced Munro, Marshall and Jack.
Then came a moment of sheer brilliance from Styles Owens.
The midfielder won a tackle on the edge of his own box before driving forward and delivering a cross field pass into the path of Mark Paterson who sent a superb finish high into the net. The lively striker with his 7th of the season. 3-2.
This should have seen GIFC take all 3 points but yet again a ball into the box went unchallenged and allowed an unmarked Baagrade player the simplest of finishes inside the box. 3-3.
A share of the points probably a fair result on the day.
Man of the match for GIFC was Dan McManus followed by Stephen Cairns.
GIFC: Griffin, Cairns, Mooney, Biggins, McManus, Marshall, Munro, Singh, Jack, Rice, Rodgers.
Subs- Paterson, Deveney, Nicol, Gordon, Styles Owens.